Sunday, February 27, 2011

Arcadia featured in Daily Candy's "Living Green in Philly" Guide

Much love to Daily Candy to choosing Arcadia to be part of the "Living Green in Philly" guide! Here's what they had to say-->

Arcadia Boutique


When it comes to ecofriendly, it’s safe to say you’ve got one foot on the wagon. But Ali McCloud, owner of Arcadia Boutique, has both. And with her great selections, she’ll dress you head to toe in organic gear.
Arcadia Boutique, 819 North 2nd Street (215-667-8099); 265 South 20th Street (267-519-3634 or via Daily Candy

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Stephen Starr comes to Fishtown?

Site of Stephen Starr's new beer garden

We first heard that Stephen Starr was planning to open a German style beer garden in Fishtown a little over a year ago, but now the rumor has been resurrected. says that the unnammed restaurant is set to open this summer. states that Starr hopes to open a 10,000-square foot, mostly outdoor beer garden  at 1210 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, near Johnny Brenda's Tavern, this summer.

“The emphasis is absolutely on beer, in the spirit of German and Austrian beer gardens,” Starr said in a phone interview Monday afternoon.  The menu isn't set yet, he said, but the food will be “consistent with that concept,” although there may be a few lighter, healthier options, as well.

When asked why create a beer-focused venue, Starr said, “I'm always looking for something new to do. I get bored with myself.” Starr admits that while he has a cold one now and again, he's not even that into beer.  “I'm a wine guy,” he said. “Or, if I want a real drink, I have a martini.”

Why plop it down in Fishtown? Starr thinks it's an up-and-coming place.  “It has a nice scale to it. It is a true community,” he said. “Fishtown feels right. I can't put my finger on it – I just felt it.”

So what do you think about Philadelphia restaurateur, Stephen Starr moving into the Northern Liberties/Fishtown area?

Personally, the independent, local community aspect of these neighborhoods is what I love about them. I'm interested to see how Stephen Starr's beer garden stands up to some of my favorite local restaurants- The Abbaye, Johnny Brenda's, Kraftwork, etc. I have no doubt that it will be beautiful restaurant, meticulously designed and decorated...  but is anyone is Fishtown going to pay $5 for a bottle of Kenzinger?


Beach House at The Trocadero Theatre

Elise & I had the pleasure of seeing Beach House this past week in Philly. Appropriately, the show was sold out; fortunately, we were able to secure ourselves some tickets.

The tickets were pretty pricey so I was hoping that the show would be worth it. Because we all know there is nothing worse than seeing one of your favorite bands live and they sound terrible. This was DEFINITELY not the case with Beach House. They sounded incredible! Absolutely worth the $30 ticket. And not to mention that they had a sick set design.

Next time Beach House comes to your city, make sure you get your tickets well in advance. They are definitely not to be missed!


Friday, February 25, 2011

Baby Animals!

I've been waiting a few weeks to unleash this post, and I feel that the time has come.  Its no surprise to the gals at Arcadia, but I loooove baby animals.  So now, I'm sharing some of my favorite pictures to all of our fabulous followers.  These pictures cheer me up, especially on a yucky, rainy day like today.

Image via (one of my favorite sites!)

How can you not smile when you see this picture?!  

Look at those furry little play thing!    

A baby porcupine
This was the background of my computer for months

Those eyes are just screaming, "Take me home with you!!"


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Arcadia does NYC!

This past Monday I had the opportunity to accompany Ali and Elise to a few tradeshows in NYC. I had never been to a tradeshow before so needless to say it was an awesome first time experience. After witnessing a woman almost get carried off the Megabus for bringing a hot tea on with her, I was ready to get out of Philly for the day and spend time drooling over all of the designers' fall 2011 collections. I met up with Ali and Elise at the NOW Showcase and got to check out two of Arcadia's favorite lines, Popomomo and Feral Childe. Let me tell you- it almost made me want it to be fall already just so I can get my hands on some of the merchandise- it's that good.

Next we headed over to D&A to check out other vendors including JADEtribe, Kim White and Preloved. I'm going to drop a little secret here and let you know you'll soon be able to pick up JADEtribe purses, weekend bags and wallets at Arcadia so stay tuned for more news about the arrival date!

After checking out the vendors at D&A we headed over to my favorite show, Capsule. Here we got to see lines that Arcadia carries such as HESTER, Rodebjer, Margarita Saplala and others that we've just picked up- including Collina Strada and Copenhagen!! I forgot my camera at home but managed to grab a few shots during the Rodebjer meeting and around the show to give you a little visual taste of our day.




Dusen Dusen Copenhagen


Thanks again Ali & Elise for inviting me to come along for the day!


Scent of Flower - Fulvio Bonavia

I'm loving these images from Milan-based photographer, Fulvio Bonavia's series "Scent of Flower". Now if only I got to see someone riding around Rittenhouse on a vespa wearing that helmet, my day would be complete. Enjoy :)

images via 


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Getting Graphic

Loving how when I look around the store I see all these bold & graphic new Spring styles....

[clockwise from left: Frock! by Tracy Reese Marissa Dress $238, Margarita Saplala Betsy Dress $278, The Curious Cat Decorative Matchbook $3.50  Rodebjer Kailua Skirt $178, Melissa Royale II Flats $82

toot toot,

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sneak Attack! -- Spring 2011

Well, spring has deffffffinetly sprung.  With the snow melted and gorgeous weather outside, all that's on my mind these days is springtime (Sipping fruity drinks in the sunlight, outdoor concerts, swimming, mini dresses, pedicures)...

Take a sneak peak at a few of my favorite items coming in for spring.
Lebedev Dress by Popomomo     

Braided Sky High by Swedish Hasbeens
Aimee Cardigan by Lia Molly
Owl Necklace by Bird Queen Designs
Rodebjer Bea Jacket 
I'll be honest, I had to give in to the Bea Jacket.  Its just so cute!  There is absolutely no way I could have lived without it. 


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bodkin Fall 2011 RTW

bod·kin  (bdkn) n.
1. A small, sharply pointed instrument for making holes in fabric or leather.

Bodkin designer Eviana Hartman showed a polished, wearable collection at her first-ever fashion week presentation this evening. Bodkin has earned plaudits for its commitment to sustainability, and when pressed, Hartman can catalog the eco pros and cons of each of her fabrics, and talk at length about her sourcing of materials and her production process. It's to her credit, though, that you can't read any of the green into the clothes: As a designer, Hartman has always specialized in an aesthetic that's clean, easy-feeling, and urbane. Her Fall collection was more of the same, in a good way.

all images via

Why am I loving Bodkin's Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear Collection? Because not only is it a collection of timeless staple pieces with a gorgeous color palate, but it is sustainable. I've always been a fan of Bodkin, but I do believe that designer, Eviana Hartman, really stepped it up for her first appearance at New York Fashion Week. The knits in this collection look so luscious it is almost making me want Fall now... almost. But, what impresses me most about Bodkin's collection is that it is sustainable and ever so chic.

Hopefully we will see a few pieces from this collection on the racks at Arcadia this Fall.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Louise, no matter what happens...I'm glad I came with you.

As the gloomy winter marches on, I find myself falling deeper and deeper into the depths of full blown netflix addiction. (Do yourselves a favor and when your best friend offers you his account login and password, kindly DECLINE.) But if the urge presses on, curl up on the couch with your best gal pal and watch Thelma and Louise, one of the greatest movies of all time. Prep yourselves with this article from Vanity Fair - Thelma & Louise: 20 Years Later. Two badass chicks in high waist denim and cutoff tees taking NO doesn't get much better than that.

Photo © MGM/the Everett Collection.

What do actresses Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, Jodie Foster, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn have in common? They were all considered for the roles of Thelma or Louise in the now classic film released 20 years ago this May. Vanity Fair’s Sheila Weller takes a look back at the making of the landmark movie that defined the careers of Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, and introduced a young actor named Brad Pitt.

Two actors were slated for the role of J.D. before Pitt was cast, Weller reports. “Ridley [Scott] had been one of my favorites since I sneaked into Alien as an underaged teen,” Pitt tells her. He auditioned “with high hopes,” but the part went to Billy Baldwin. When he dropped out to take a role in Backdraft—another film that Pitt tried for and didn’t get—the part went to a television actor. When that J.D. left to go back to his series, Pitt got another chance to read for the part, this time with Geena Davis. “I did fine with the first few guys,” Davis tells Weller, “but the last one was so cute I kept messing up my lines. I’m dying because I’m thinking, He’s great, and I’m ruining his audition. I kept saying, ‘I’m so sorry!’ But he’s so chill: ‘Hey, don’t worry about it. It’s all good.’” Weller reports that as Scott and the casting director were weighing the pros and cons of every guy but Pitt, Davis couldn’t resist jumping in: “The blond one. Duh!” she exclaimed.

“That scene, right there, is the beginning of Brad Pitt! Bingo!,” Scott tells Weller, of the moment when J.D. holds Thelma’s hair dryer like a gun and delivers his bank robber speech. Pitt is modest when he recalls the scene to Weller. “I flatlined that day,” he says. “It was Geena’s performance that made mine. Her ability to be carefree and comfortable in each take led the way for me.” Davis tells Weller that Scott knew their sex scene was Pitt’s big star-making moment. “He kept saying, ‘Muss his hair up a bit. Wet it down. Just a second—give me some spray,’” she tells Weller. “And he personally sprayed Evian on Brad’s abs! I’m ‘Uh, Ridley, I’m the girl in the scene, O.K.?

Geena Davis gives Weller some insights into how she and Sarandon were able to stay cool during the roadhouse scene. “We asked the prop guy, ‘Do you have any real tequila? Because it’s easier to act if we taste alcohol,” she says. “So we pounded back quite a few, and we’re laughing between takes and both feeling, We’re so drunk! This is great!” Michael Madsen, who played Jimmy, reveals that Pitt had his own ways to chill. “I walked out of the motel in the morning, and Brad would be out smoking a joint,” he tells Weller. “We got stoned together a couple of times. Every actor finds his way to make it work; that was his thing.”

According to Weller, when screenwriter Callie Khouri set out to make what she thought would be a low-budget indie, she imagined Holly Hunter and Frances McDormand in the leads. Once Ridley Scott got involved (initially as producer only) Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer became attached, then he set out to find a director. Mimi Gitlin, Scott’s producing partner, names three of the four considered: Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces) Kevin Reynolds (Waterworld), and Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon). Scott recalls how one of the directors dismissed the film saying: “Listen, dude, it’s two bitches in a car,” another said, “Oh, it’s small,” to which Scott replied, “No! It’s epic!”

By the time Scott—at Michelle Pfeiffer’s urging, Weller reports—had made the decision to direct the movie himself, his two stars had moved on to other jobs; Foster to Silence of the Lambs. “Meryl and Goldie called me and said, ‘Can we come in and meet?’” says Alan Ladd, Jr., then chairman and C.E.O. of Pathé Entertainment. “They read the script; they loved it, thought the parts were great. Meryl thought that, at the end, one of them—Thelma or Louise—should live. Of course, we didn’t particularly agree with that.” Scott tells Weller: “I had a long chat with Meryl, who would have played Louise, and I found her absolutely wonderful.” But Meryl had a movie conflict. As for Hawn: “I’m very fond of Goldie,” Ladd says, “and she was a big star at the time. But I didn’t think she was right for the part.”

All the while, Geena Davis was gunning for the part of Louise. “Geena was pursuing me like crazy,” Scott tells Weller. “That’s right!” Davis says, “I had my agent call Ridley every week for almost a year.” Davis recalls finally meeting Scott. “We had an hour’s worth of notes on why I should play Louise,” she tells Weller. “I launched into a passionate monologue, and at the end of this long discussion Ridley says, ‘So-o-o, you wouldn’t play Thelma?’” Davis says. “I realized that it actually isn’t Louise I should play; it’s Thelma,’ and I launched into that spiel.” Scott wouldn’t make up his mind until he found the other woman and until he did, Davis continued to think of herself as Louise, Weller reports.
“I live in New York,” Susan Saradon says, explaining why she wasn’t aware of what was, in the late ‘80s, the hottest script in Hollywood. That is, until Scott sent it to her. “Susan had the authority, the sensibility. She was Louise,” he tells Weller. When Scott and Sarandon met with Davis, movie history was made. “Pretty much the second Susan walked in the room, I was, Are you kidding that I could play Louise?” Davis says. “Susan was so self-possessed, so centered and together.”

xo, Cory

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Love Trolley

It's no secret that commuting via SEPTA isn't all that fun- especially when it's freezing outside. However, I would definitely enjoy it way more if I got to ride in a Valentine's Day themed trolley. Lucky for us that's now possible on Gary's #10 Love Trolley! Just when I thought I was getting the better deal in taking the El instead of the 10 trolley, I go and almost miss out on this. Peep this video to see for yourself.

image via Philebrity

You know I'll be riding the 10 for the next week,


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

PORTLANDIA - Where Young People Go To Retire

I spent my day off obsessing over my new favorite program about one of my favorite cities - Portlandia. Created, written by and starring Fred Armisen (SNL) and Carrie Brownstein (vocalist/guitarist of Portland's famed but now defunct all-girl indie band Sleater-Kinney), the IFC Original series affectionately pokes (clever) fun at life in Portland, Oregon in the form of character-based shorts. I especially enjoy hilarious cameos from Kyle MacLachlan, Aubrey Plaza (from another seriously underrated show- Parks and Recreation), Selma Blair, Jason Sudeikis, and fellow Portland musicians The Decemberists.

Watch more episodes on Hulu (and my fellow Comcast subscribers can even watch it OnDemand for free  under menu heading "The Cutting Edge") and tell me if you agree that the regional culture of community gardens, local cuisine-ing and militant bike messangers hits very close to home.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"Sealed With a Kiss" Featuring Boss Lady Ali

We are loving the Valentine's Day Sealed With a Kiss feature in Philadelphia Magazine, especially the shot of Arcadia's own Ali and Chris McCloud- and check out those Swedish Hasbeens on Ali! Cory and I pulled a few of our favorites from the spread, enjoy!
Ali McCloud, owner of Arcadia Boutique, and husband Chris McCloud, eco-friendly designer

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams and mother Imelda

Eddie Burns, with daughter Kendall, 10, and son Camden, five,
who love going to the Philadelphia Zoo together

John DeBella, DJ at 102.9 WMGK, and wife Lisa

Seun Olubodun, designer of Duke & Winston menswear line, and Duke, an English bulldog and the company’s mascot
Bobby Gilanyi and Katra Michener, owners of rad clothing boutique Love Illuminati in Newtown.
Warren Muller and RJ Thornburg, owners of design studio Bahdeebahdu

xx Kate and Cory

Monday, February 7, 2011

New Rodebjer Merchandise!

Check out the new Rodebjer merchandise we got in last week- I want it all!

The Rio Dress - $328

The Bea Jacket- $242

The Kailua Skirt - $178

The Tiki Dress (in green) - $368

The Odessa Jacket (in navy) - $378

xx Kate